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Political Assistant

OVERVIEW OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Political Department provides union members with opportunities to make their voices heard in the political arena, informs members about candidates' positions on important working family issues and get-out-the-vote activities. The Political Assistant will work at the direction of the Assistant Director to help carry out responsibilities related to candidates, political organizations, and allied groups.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
Program Implementation and Development
• Help field calls from candidates and campaign committees.
• Support department sponsored candidate events, including candidate interviews, meet & greets, and fundraisers.
• Research and prepare briefings on races and candidates, including scheduling of regular candidate trainings and race reviews.
• Support AFL-CIO communications & relationships with relevant Party Committees
• Analyze PAC spending in labor movement including AFL-CIO contributions, as well as non-labor PAC contributions.
• Assist with coordination of work with affiliates and other departments of the AFL-CIO as it relates to candidate and party organization work.
• Support regular communication with affiliates, state and local labor leaders, and allies, including writing/drafting updates/emails around key elections and campaigns.
• Help with drafting of talking points and briefings for the Department Director and AFL-CIO Officers, as needed.
• Assist in preparation of materials for Political Director and other meetings.
• Represent the AFL-CIO Political Department at outside meetings and events, as needed.
Reporting
• Keeps the Director and Assistant Director fully informed on a regular basis on issues affecting department programs.
• Prepares and submits regular and ad hoc reports on department activities as required.
Other
• Performs other duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree is preferred.
• 3 years experience required.
• Must have experience in the labor movement; familiarity with all levels of the labor movement desired.
• Political campaign experience, either working on a campaign and/or working in a political organization, helpful.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills including being comfortable speaking to large groups of people.
• Ability to produce written reports, talking points, and briefings on deadline.
• Demonstrated ability to use spreadsheet and database software including ACCESS to download and manipulate candidate and PAC filings and internal AFL-CIO database(s).
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments.
• Ability to work independently within the context of a plan.
• Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks.
• Demonstrated experience in developing campaign and personal work plans and goals.
• Ability to work long and irregular hours and travel as required.

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